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  • Summary: Free from their brutal captor, the group continues their journey north. However, hunger, violence and death have taken their toll. Smoldering conflicts and inevitable changes within the group remind Clementine that danger can come from within, as well as from the outside; she must choose herFree from their brutal captor, the group continues their journey north. However, hunger, violence and death have taken their toll. Smoldering conflicts and inevitable changes within the group remind Clementine that danger can come from within, as well as from the outside; she must choose her allies wisely in this second-to-last episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Jul 22, 2014
    100
    I’ve found this episode to be so enjoyable that I have a tough time believing Telltale can even top it with the finale.
  2. Jul 22, 2014
    90
    Amid the Ruins forces us to swing that axe again and again and again in unsavory situations; it forces us to feel each step through a mass of hungry zombies, and it makes the steps leading up to an uncomfortable conversation just as tense.
  3. Jul 22, 2014
    90
    The story continues to develop in unexpected directions, and the suspense that’s building for Episode 5 is palpable and intense.
  4. Jul 22, 2014
    80
    The most memorable episode since the season premier, Amid The Ruins fleshes out the supporting cast, provides some nasty scenarios, and takes Kenny's personal arc to some very haunting places.
  5. Aug 20, 2014
    75
    The Walking Dead: Season 2 isn’t on par with the first season, but every episode is still fun. Every episode was entertaining in its own right, but the synergy between episodes is lacking.
  6. Jul 23, 2014
    75
    Amid The Ruins is another quality Telltale episode, but it’s not the most memorable that they’ve ever done. It ends on a huge cliffhanger, as they all seem to now, but it’s not necessarily one that sets up an exciting final conflict.
  7. Aug 11, 2014
    55
    Episode 4 naturally acts as a lull, so it’s unnerving that for the most part, it does little to move the story forward besides a few character moments and one major life-changing and tense sequence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jul 24, 2014
    10
    An outstanding episode. When the last episode comes out, the charm of the series is back. In this episode, another peak has risen. Glad thatAn outstanding episode. When the last episode comes out, the charm of the series is back. In this episode, another peak has risen. Glad that the developers have good understanding about what the fans of the series like about.

    This episode is packed with conflicts, moral decisions and intense moments, which are well thought out. The personality of characters start to grow and become apparent, taking advantage of the hints planted in previous episodes. The characters are just depicted with more dimensions and become attractive.

    Some players prefer more exploration, so this episode has much more in this aspect. The decision with significant consequence is also highly praised by the community. Apparently, the developers know about this, and there are more harsh choices to be made by player this time.

    I can really feel that life is really hard in this episode. At the end of episode, I am really eager to know what will happen in the next episode.

    To summarize, the success of this episode originates from the fact that developers have good understanding about why their product is so charming to their fans. As a result, they take advantages of this, and make such episode become more appealing.

    I hope that the developers can keep up their good work in the upcoming episodes.
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  2. Jul 22, 2014
    10
    This episode is the BEST of the season. The choices Telltale puts you through and how fast you must choose makes the game more intense thanThis episode is the BEST of the season. The choices Telltale puts you through and how fast you must choose makes the game more intense than ever. Everything about this episode is amazing. Critics like Polygon giving this episode a 6/10 WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?! The episode deserves AT LEAST a 9/10. Best episode of the season 10/10. Expand
  3. Jul 22, 2014
    10
    This is potentially the saddest most heart wrenching episode of Season 2, and it's my favourite. It has lots of character development fromThis is potentially the saddest most heart wrenching episode of Season 2, and it's my favourite. It has lots of character development from within the characters, and they are setting up for a very hard choice. It had an actually kind of hard puzzle and some nice hubs. Overall it's my favourite episode of Season 2. Expand
  4. Feb 17, 2019
    9
    Эпизод 4:
    Интерактив отсутствует, сюжет развивается на 10. Было круто.
    Итог: 9.890/10
  5. Sep 29, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Overall Premise: Clem and her group fights harder against each other than ever before and many factors other than the zombie horde threaten to split them apart.

    Graphics and Sound: The graphics are essentially the Telltale standard for the series and have no noticeable differences for better or for worse. The voice-work still isn’t quite as good as that of The Wolf Among Us’ however it is quality work and the music that accompanies tense moments nails the mood.

    Playability and Entertainment: Both the story and the tense moments progress naturally- as naturally as they can during a zombie apocalypse anyway. The entertainment has been amped up even more but everything still controls solidly.

    Replay Value: Moderate.

    Overall Score: 8.5/10.0
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  6. Jul 28, 2014
    8
    episode 4 was a good episode , some characters die and some new one are introduced , i did feels like the choices i made had less impact inepisode 4 was a good episode , some characters die and some new one are introduced , i did feels like the choices i made had less impact in this episode , but i finally had a chance to kill of Sarah. i don't feel like it is the best episode as so many people are saying but i do feel like it is still a good episode . i can't wait to see what telltale will give us next. Expand
  7. Dec 25, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Bad story writing. I've played the whole season now and it's not the worst, probably the second worst...in my opinion. I hear the guy who wrote Amid the Ruins wasn't even working for TellTale...Please don't put story writing in the hands of someone who's not as experienced.

    I'm just lost for words really. I rate this episode 5/10 and even then I think I'm being generous. It started off alright but messed up. If Nick dies in episode 4 no one gives a crap apart from Rebecca and no one else cared enough to react (Luke's reaction was disgusting), and the way Nick dies off-screen, really TellTale? That is awful writing. Secondly Sarah's death on the observation deck is horrible and stupid..it made no sense to just kill her off like that.

    Arvo and his group come after you whether you steal the supplies or not - what a way to end the episode, it might have been intense but it was silly...I was expecting a better ending. Also, I liked Luke until Amid the Ruins...he didn't feel like the same character he was back in episode 1, episode 2 and episode 3; his personality changed completely and he became I don't know, reckless? Anyway he was one of my favourite characters and it sucks that his role in episode 4 and episode 5 became increasingly unimportant until he was killed off completely in a stupid way.

    There's also too much focus on one character in this episode and that is Kenny, there's too much focus of him in episode 5 too. I've been a huge Kenny fan throughout this season but it seems to me that TellTale wants him to look like a complete **** lot of the focus is always on Kenny and how badly he reacts to everything...and Luke and Kenny arguing. GIVE HIM A BREAK TELLTALE - he's had enough by the looks of it so stop placing emphasis on his character and trying to make him look bad. It seems like TellTale place too much emphasis on one character and forget about another character (like Sarah, if saved, is completely forgotten about in episode 4...she has about 5 lines worth of speech).

    The only thing I really liked about episode 4 is when AJ was born. It really sucks that Rebecca died soon after but her death wasn't as bad as Nick and Sarah's, at least her death was predictable. Carlos' death was also bad in episode 3 and same with Luke's death in episode 5. It sucks to see all the cabin survivors die and there's nothing we can do about it. YOUR CHOICES DON'T MATTER.
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